PIA flight declares emergency after ‘burning smell’ detected

KARACHI: A Pakistan International Airline (PIA) aircraft, on its journey from Dubai to Islamabad, faced an urgent halt at Dubai Airport after the detection of a smoke-like odor within the food storage section, as per a broadcast by ARY News on Saturday.

The situation escalated to an emergency level, with the smell of smoke triggering the mobilization of emergency services, including firefighters and medical teams, at the airport premises.

Upon meticulous inspection by the flight crew, the aircraft was eventually deemed safe and resumed its journey towards Islamabad.

The official representative of PIA acknowledged the incident involving smoke detection onboard and the resultant postponement of the flight’s departure.

It is critical to note that PIA commenced its post-Hajj operations starting May 9, which will last until June 10, 2024.

The spokesperson specified that this year, PIA will conduct non-stop flights to Jeddah and Madina from eight Pakistani cities, namely Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Quetta, Sialkot, and Sukkur.

In light of the Hajj flight programs, the PIA representative announced that the carrier is set to assist roughly 34,000 pilgrims, through a total of 170 flights, within the period from May 9 until June 10, 2024.

The airline’s spokesperson disclosed the distribution of pilgrims, with 19,000 traveling via the government’s program and 15,000 private pilgrims relying on PIA for their pilgrimage.

Moreover, for those departing from Karachi or Islamabad, they have the added convenience of completing Saudi immigration formalities at their departure airport itself as part of the ‘Road to Mecca Project’, facilitating a smoother entry into Saudi Arabia by avoiding lengthy immigration procedures upon arrival in Jeddah or Madinah.

The spokesperson emphasized the importance for pilgrims to register their mobile numbers when booking tickets to ensure they receive prompt updates regarding their flights.

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